Alkali Draw WSA Location: Sweetwater County
Nearest Town: 25 miles north of Point of Rocks
BLM Acreage: 16,990 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
This area offers primitive and unconfined recreation such as hiking, horseback riding, camping, photography and sightseeing. Some small caves are found in the area and offer opportunity for recreation. The rims and cliff escarpments provide some non-technical climbing opportunities and challenging hikes.
The Alkali Draw WSA encompasses 16,990 acres of BLM-administered land and 640 acres of state land. The study area includes a pan of the Great Divide Basin – Red Desert Area. Alkali Draw in the main drainage running eastwardly from the Bush Rim and Steamboat Mountain. A series of smaller draws creates a washboard topographic effect. Big sagebrush and grease wood are the principle vegetative species.
This WSA is for the most part in a natural condition. There are nine two-track trails and three well sites inside the area. These man-made intrusions are substantially unnoticeable and are currently undergoing natural revegetation. Some of the two-track trails are used periodically by livestock operators and recreationists.
This WSA offers opportunity for solitude. The “washboard” topographic screening provided by the draws or canyons helps contribute to these opportunities. Several persons could be in the WSA at the same time and not be aware of each other’s presence.
Ecological, geological, scientific, educational, scenic and historic special features enhance the wilderness characteristics of the WSA. Eocene fossils (largely snails, clams and leaves) can be found in several layers of geologic strata, suggesting a former riparian habitat which occurred in the area of 36.6 million years ago. The fossils occur in most of the Wasatch Formation and in the Tipton shale of the Green River Formation.